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European HFC producers support action for reduction of HFCs

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) encourages Parties to the Montreal Protocol to move forward with a constructive dialogue to achieve an agreement for a global cap and reduction for HFC consumption.

EFCTC says the Montreal Protocol has played a critical role in successfully controlling consumption of CFCs and HCFCs and could provide the necessary expertise to effectively implement a similar system for HFCs.

In addition, the company said that including provisions of controlling the placing on the market of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol would complement and strengthen the HFC emissions provisions of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol.

According to EFCTC, encouraging progress is being made by HFC producers to find low GWP alternatives for a range of applications including aerosols, mobile air-conditioning, insulating foams and commercial refrigeration.

The company states, “It is estimated that the overall global warming impact of HFC emissions worldwide currently represents less than 2 per cent of the total global greenhouse gases emissions.”

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